Recommended Reading

The Marshmallow Test: Why Self-Control Is the Engine of Success

Renowned psychologist Walter Mischel, designer of the famous Marshmallow Test, explains what self-control is and how to master it.

A child is presented with a marshmallow and given a choice: Eat this one now, or wait and enjoy two later. What will she do? And what are the implications for her behavior later in life?

The world’s leading expert on self-control, Walter Mischel has proven that the ability to delay gratification is critical for a successful life, predicting higher SAT scores, better social and cognitive functioning, a healthier lifestyle and a greater sense of self-worth. But is willpower prewired, or can it be taught?

In The Marshmallow Test, Mischel explains how self-control can be mastered and applied to challenges in everyday life–from weight control to quitting smoking, overcoming heartbreak, making major decisions, and planning for retirement. With profound implications for the choices we make in parenting, education, public policy and self-care, The Marshmallow Test will change the way you think about who we are and what we can be.

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Peaceful Parents, Happy Kids – Stop the Yelling by Dr. Laura Markham

Having children is a great joy in our lives, and we all experience parenting challenges. I highly recommend this book, Peaceful Parents, Happy Kids. It’s a fun read and provides many excellent points, tips, and tools on how to be a mindful parent. It will help you coach and build your relationship with your child. If children are emotion-coached by their parents, they develop their emotional intelligence. They are better able to manage their feelings and learn to make wise choices.

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How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk

The ultimate “parenting bible” (The Boston Globe) with a new foreword—and available as an ebook for the first time—a timeless, beloved book on how to effectively communicate with your child from the #1 New York Times bestselling authors.

Internationally acclaimed experts on communication between parents and children, Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish “are doing for parenting today what Dr. Spock did for our generation” (Parent Magazine). Now, this bestselling classic includes fresh insights and suggestions as well as the author’s time-tested methods to solve common problems and build foundations for lasting relationships, including innovative ways to:
· Cope with your child’s negative feelings, such as frustration, anger, and disappointment
· Express your strong feelings without being hurtful
· Engage your child’s willing cooperation
· Set firm limits and maintain goodwill
· Use alternatives to punishment that promote self-discipline
· Understand the difference between helpful and unhelpful praise
· Resolve family conflicts peacefully

Enthusiastically praised by parents and professionals around the world, the down-to-earth, respectful approach of Faber and Mazlish makes relationships with children of all ages less stressful and more rewarding.

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Mindfulness for Parents: Finding Your Way to a Calmer Happier Family by Amber Hatch

Many of us find the challenges of family life, especially the early years daunting and overwhelming. The task of raising children is not easy, the stakes are high so how can mindfulness help us parent better? What is it? How do you do it? And does it help? This book will teach you how to become a better more patient parent using mindfulness. It will help you to:

• Stay calm in a crisis
• Feel more connected to your children
• Be patient
• Throw yourself into an activity
• Not say something you may regret
• Keep a sense of perspective

Written in a friendly and accessible style Amber Hatch, author of Nappy Free Baby and Colouring for Contemplation includes tons of practical information alongside anecdotes, tips and insights that will help any parent, whether they are new to mindfulness or well practiced, to achieve a calmer, more relaxed family life. Topics covered include: dealing with the early weeks, including responding mindfully to your baby’s cries, joining your child in play and preventing mealtime and bedtime stress, screentime, encouraging outdoor play and saying no, developing positive qualities and managing difficult behaviour and introducing mindfulness to children.

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365 Days to Positive Self-Talk

From the best-selling author of “What to Say When You Talk to Your Self.” Dr. Shad Helmstetter’s latest book, “365 Days of Positive Self-Talk,” is wonderfully uplifting as a daily inspirational guide, with positive selftalk messages for every day of the year. Along with the powerfully motivational self-talk messages, the book includes dozens of helpful and informative “Self-Talk Tips” throughout the book, giving readers a clear understanding of how self-talk works, and how to apply it in every area of their lives. (This book is a perfect gift for yourself, and for everyone you care about.)

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What to Say When you Talk To Yourself

The classic, #1 best-selling book written on the subject of self-talk. (Completely updated in the Amazon Kindle eBook edition.)

Each of us is programmed from birth on, and as much as 75% or more of our programming may be negative or working against us. In this newly updated and revised eBook edition, Shad Helmstetter shows the reader how to erase and replace past mental programs with healthy, new programs that can be positively life-changing. Considered by many to be one of the most important and helpful personal growth books ever written.

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The Self-Talk Solution

Do you talk to yourself? Don’t worry, it’s not a sign of insanity! In fact, it can be a powerful tool for personal change. In this engaging book, Shad Helmstetter explains how to take charge of your life through the use of positive self-talk. Specific, practical, and easy, The Self-Talk Solution can help you achieve a higher level of success at everything you attempt.

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Boosting Brain Power: 52 Ways to Use What Science Tells Us

WINNER of the 2016 Academic’s Choice Smart Book Awards! If the timing is right, the learning that occurs in the first five years can be a gold mine, promoting valuable cognitive and physical development that lasts a lifetime. Boosting Brain Power provides 52 strategies – one for every week of the year – to help teachers stimulate healthy brain growth in young children. In addition to well-researched strategies, each snippet of information offers teachers evidence-based instructions for how to bring the concepts to life in the classroom.
In this book, teachers will:

  • Be armed with the basics of how young brains grow and how children connect with the world
  • See how important attention, bonding, and communication are in these critical years
  • Explore new ways to boost children s existing growth and prime them for future learning
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Bright from the Start: The Simple, Science-Backed Way to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind from Birth to Age 3

Should you really read to your baby? Can teaching a baby sign language boost IQ? Should you pipe classical music into the nursery? Dr. Stamm translates the latest neuroscience findings into clear explanations and practical suggestions, demonstrating the importance of the simple ways you interact with your child every day. It isn’t the right “edu-tainment” that nurtures an infant’s brain. It is as simple as Attention, Bonding, and Communication, and it’s within every parent’s ability to provide. Practical games and tips for each developmental age group will show you not only what the latest findings are but, more importantly, tell you what to do with them.
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Recommended Links

4. Child & Family Resources of Tucson, http://www.childfamilyresources.org/home

5. Child Care Resource & Referral, http://www.arizonachildcare.org

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